DSP Shows Presents
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14202
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Rattlesnake is inspired by the life of a Colorado pioneer woman, Rattlesnake Kate, who was infamous in the 1920's for her death-defying encounter with a rattlesnake migration. The collection of songs, produced in the studio with Matt Ward (M. Ward, She & Him, Monsters of Folk), were written as a "Folk Opera," recounting stories from her life, extracted from a 40-year love letter correspondence she kept with Colonel Charles D. Randolph, aka "Buckskin Bill," during which they never met.
Neyla Pekarek began playing cello at age 9 in her native city of Denver, CO. She studied Musical Theatre and got a degree in Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. Back in Denver and searching for a teaching position, she answered a Craigslist ad for a local folk band needing a cello player. This band was The Lumineers, and she soon became a core member of the group, playing on their GRAMMY-nominated self-titled debut and follow-up album, and performing on every continent (except Antarctica!). Neyla is a member of Sweet Adelines International, a women's barbershop quartet organization, and she won the 2009 Rising Star championship with her quartet, Vogue. When not making music, Neyla enjoys collecting rubber stamps, true crime TV, and spending time with her pet bunny rabbit, Barbara.
She's currently working on a solo album inspired by the life of Colorado pioneer woman Rattlesnake Kate, who was infamous in the 1920's for her death-defying encounter with a rattlesnake migration.
Sara Elizabeth is a 26 year old indie alternative singer/songwriter and musician based in Western New York. Sara picked up her first guitar on her ninth birthday, at which point she began 8 years of classical and jazz training, and after earning her Bachelors in music from the University at Buffalo, she turned to songwriting full time. Often backing Sara Elizabeth is the talented bassist and fellow UB alumni Tom Varco, as well as local drummer Josh Schlabach and lead guitarist Jesse Raderman.
Influenced by other indie and alternative artists such as Mumford and Sons, Andrew McMahon, and Death Cab For Cutie, as well as influential female singer/songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, her carefully crafted and heartfelt lyrics tell real stories of a twenty something musician. This is evident in her releases “Darling, I’m Not Yours [EP]” (2011), “On the Rise” (2012), “A Very Sara Elizabeth Christmas: the acoustic EP (2013),” “Be Well” (2014), and the recent “Twenty Something,” as well as in her intriguing live performances with her rhythm section.
In addition to numerous music venues around WNY and the Northeast region, notable performances include The Town Ballroom (opener for Bedouin Soundclash), Babeville’s Ninth Ward, Music is Art Festival, Artpark, Sportsmen’s Tavern, The Purple Fiddle (Thomas, WV), Jedd’s (Nashville, TN), and Water Street Music Hall (Rochester, NY).
Best of WNY’s Bob Silvestri has noted, “The key to being above everyone else in the singer songwriter mélange is obviously to write good songs, and this talented girl has a few.” He later calls her a “mature artist…aware of herself, her craft, and her direction in life.” Or as Jeff Miers (Buffalo News) has said, “Bringing an indie-rock mentality to the modern folk-based troubadour school is Sara’s deal, and it’s working…she’s become one of the more buzzed-about artists on the local indie-pop scene.”